Some advice is so simple, it’s surprising. But if a person has been living in the same house for 50 years, new ideas can be very helpful “ah-ha” moments. Try these tips:
- Buy several nightlights and plug them in all along the route to the bathroom. A while ago, maybe one would suffice, but aging people need a better lit pathway.
- Keep the walker close to the edge of the bed at night.
- Did you know that some shower seats come with a notch to hold a handheld shower nozzle so you don’t have to reach up and wrestle with the unwieldy hose?
- Consider having your prescriptions packaged in single-dose bubble packs at the pharmacy.
- You can hire a homemaking companion just for the jobs that are getting difficult to manage independently. There are also area agencies that offer free home visits to assess a person’s home safety.
- Install a grab handle between the storm door and the exterior door to navigate the threshold.
- Consider a secure high-rise toilet seat so it’s easier to sit down and get up.
- Ensure both feet are securely planted on the ground prior to rising to exit a vehicle.
Julie Fries, RN is the In-Home Client Care Coordinator for Valley VNA Senior Care. Julie helps clients find the services they need; trains and supervises the caregivers; communicates with clients and families on an ongoing basis; and conducts Options & Solutions visits, foot care clinics, blood pressure clinics, and community health chats.